by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Back in the 1990s I picked up a book in a used book store in Delavan, Wisconsin called The Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau, published way back in 1981. Mr. Garreau’s contention was that “Whatever the political maps may say, our continent is not divided into 50 states and three countries. What we really are is: The Nine Nations of North America.” Whatever else you may think of Mr. Garreau’s worldview, on this question he does have a valid point.
Mr. Garreau went on to display a map of North America in the center of his book that displayed the “nine nations” of North America and their approximate boundaries and he then discussed the separate cultures of each of the nine areas.
One of the cultural areas he listed was (and still is) “Dixie.” And, for him, Dixie went as far north as Indianapolis, Indiana and as far west as Dallas, Texas. From Fort Worth all the way to Denver, Colorado was another cultural area he labeled as “The Breadbasket.” West of that, all the way to the Sierra Nevada mountains was what he called “The Empty Quarter”–the Far West, except for the Left Coast which was and is a totally different cultural milieu from any of the rest. Again, I can’t disagree overly much with him here. I remember the first time I went west, many years ago now, that as I crossed over from Arizona and Nevada into eastern California, it didn’t take me too long to realize that “this ain’t the West.” Geographically it was, but not culturally. And the difference between California and Nevada and Arizona increased the further west you went in California. The same principle applies pretty much to Washington and Oregon. The eastern part of those states has some really pretty high desert country, but when you get in proximity to the coast, it’s a whole other animal. Different cultures altogether.
I wrote about Garreau’s book in a couple articles years ago because his theory seemed to have some validity, and I think it still does. Just recently I came across information about another book along the same lines, written by Colin Woodard, called American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Mr. Woodard does the same thing Mr. Garreau did regarding North America only he breaks it down into eleven separate cultures instead of nine. Only I’m not sure that the cultures of Dixie and the Far West are really rivals. I think, in most instances, they compliment one another because they have the same problems with the same types of people (overweening government bureaucrats). Mr. Woodard’s book is reviewed on a site called http://www.theburningplatform.com for those who might want to check it out.
It’s interesting how similar his map of North America is to Mr. Garreau’s, and yet there are differences. In Woodard’s book what we call Dixie is divided into four parts; the traditional Deep South, and above that what he calls “Greater Appalachia. Then there is Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina, and liberal South Louisiana. But he notes that, generally, the Deep South and Greater Appalachia have pretty much similar traditions and views of politics and government. These folks, in both areas, just want to be left alone and want the government to butt out of their lives. Both areas have strong, vibrant, colorful cultures, which the Left and East Coasts are trying to destroy. Their cultures remain strong, even after the continued assaults by the shock troops of the Left, financed by socialist millionaires, which have sought to weaken their (our) culture, heritage and traditions. Dixie may not push back as loudly as we could wish sometimes against her adversaries, but she does push back.
In fact, with some of the cultural genocide that has been practiced on this part of the country it is obvious that Dixie’s culture is totally at odds with the culture of the Left Coast and the East Coast, as well as that of many major cities. And, considering the cultural clash between the two, you have to give serious consideration to the question of whether the two opposing cultures would be better off separated into two distinct “nations.” Should that be the case (and I would not argue against it) all the folks in the South would need to do is to chase the Leftists out of the South, back to their preferred areas of habitation, under their own rocks, and find some way to make them leave the South alone. Separate countries might help that situation to some extent.
How to do that might just be the “sixty-four dollar question” because it is a known fact that the Leftists want to make the rest of the country as miserable as they are and they are willing to work hard at that. All things said, cultural separation as well as geographical separation might be best for everyone. We’ll just have to see where all this goes, but one thing is evident–Dixie needs to fight to hang onto its culture, faith, history and traditions and not left the Leftists turn us into yet another Socialist Great Swamp.